Health o cers warn of sal­mo­nella risk from frozen chicken prod­ucts

Truro Daily News - - Food -

Most frozen breaded chicken prod­ucts avail­able for sale in Canada con­tain raw chicken that can cause sal­mo­nella poi­son­ing.

Dur­ing the past 16 months, there have been hun­dreds of lab­o­ra­tory-con rmed hu­man ill­nesses as­so­ci­ated with frozen breaded chicken prod­ucts con­tam­i­nated with sal­mo­nella, and it is be­lieved that for ev­ery con rmed case, there are dozens that are un­re­ported.

e Pub­lic Health Agency of Canada re­minds peo­ple that, although they may ap­pear to be cooked, prod­ucts such as chicken nuggets are raw and need to be han­dled care­fully and well cooked.

Most peo­ple who be­come ill from sal­mo­nella re­cover within a week, but in some cases, it can lead to se­vere ill­ness, hos­pi­tal­iza­tion, and even death.

e gov­ern­ment of Canada is work­ing with the food man­u­fac­tur­ing in­dus­try and re­tail­ers to re­duce sal­mo­nella in frozen breaded chicken prod­ucts pro­duced on or af­ter April 1, 2019, to below de­tectable amounts. How­ever, for up to a year af­ter this date, prod­ucts con­tain­ing sal­mo­nella will be in the mar­ket­place.

Peo­ple are re­minded to cook frozen breaded chicken prod­ucts to an in­ter­nal tem­per­a­ture of at least 74°C (165°F), wash hands be­fore and af­ter han­dling these prod­ucts, and wash and san­i­tize the sur­faces, dishes and uten­sils used to pre­pare and serve them.

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